03 Jul '11, 5pm

CSI Rainforest: genetic codes can catch out illegal loggers says study #environment #news

CSI Rainforest: genetic codes can catch out illegal loggers says study #environment #news

CSI-style genetic fingerprinting could be used to catch ecological criminals say Australian academics who want to use the techniques to put a stop to illegal logging in rainforests. A team from the University of Adelaide , who have published their results in the new issue of the journal of the International Association of Wood Anatomists , say genetic fingerprinting can catch out traders who prey on protected environments. Professor Andrew Lowe and Dr Hugh Cross are working with a Singapore company Double Helix Tracking Technologies (DoubleHelix) to find a way to use genetic techniques in the fight to protect rainforests . "Molecular marker methods have been applied to freshly cut wood for a number of years, and it's now also possible to extract and use genetic material from wood products and old samples of wood," Professor Lowe said. "We can use 'DNA bar-coding' to identi...

Full article: http://www.earthtimes.org/conservation/csi-rainforest-gen...

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